Norcross councilmen challenged

Norcross is the only local government to have challenged candidates for city council in 2012.

While most local cities do not have general elections on even-numbered years, this week's qualifying period brought out few candidates.

In Norcross, incubment Ross Kaul was challenged by Keith Shewbert, a former councilman. Long-time Councilman David McElroy drew opposition from Arlene Beckles, while Andrew Hixson was unopposed for another term.

In Lawrenceville, Mayor Judy Jordan-Johnson was unopposed for her second term, and Council members Tony Powell and Marie Beiser also drew no opponents. So there will be no balloting in Lawrenceville this November.

In Grayson, Councilwoman Laurie Anderson is unopposed, and James Gillespie was the only person to step up to fill the seat that will be left vacant at the end of year when Councilman Marc Gordon steps down.

But residents there will still have an election, since the city will hold a referendum on Sunday sales of beer, wine and distilled spirits to allow seven-day-a-week sales at a new liquor store now under construction.

While the process has not been completed, both Dacula and Loganville officials are expected to call for November referenda to allow package stores in the city.